It always happens. You buy something that you want to be absolutely perfect, just to find out it has have one big flaw. That flaw isn’t immediately noticeable but, once you do, it bugs you to no end. That’s what happens with “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki.”
For an exhibit on cinematic practical effects at Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art, Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno and Studio Ghibli have teamed up for a live-action featurette based on Hayao Miyazaki's post-apocalyptic cartoon classic Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
In many ways, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind marks the birth of Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. And now that it's out on Blu-Ray, it looks like a whole new movie. Twitch's Ard Vijn reviews the Blu-Ray release.
Hayao Miyazaki created movies like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. Now you can see his brilliant, early film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind free online - it's about a biotech war, millennia after an eco-catastrophe.
While many people appreciate Hayao Miyazaki's ability to craft great stories, few realize the strange genre mashups he has constructed. With his latest, Ponyo, still in theaters, it's time to recognize the genre innovation of this visionary animator.